Remodel: Finishes consult

 

A repeat design client contacted SBaird Design to assist in choosing final finishes, lighting placement and paint selections for a remodel in the hills off of SW Broadway. The remodeling contractor was a pleasure to work with and needed a cost effective solution with quick turn around time for design services, so that he could get the home ready for market.

 

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A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.

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A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.

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The new tub/shower combo in the master bath will be built to follow the roof profile of the home. A rain shower and handheld unit will make it a luxurious sanctuary.

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Living Room and entry way.

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Living Room and new fireplace.

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An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.

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Material samples the contractor already had and wanted to work into the design.

SBaird Design came up with a neutral palette that would appeal to many potential homeowners looking to buy in that location.

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Residential: SE 52nd Ave

A new design client was referred to SBaird Design by a real estate associate. Anne, had just purchased this sweet Mt.Tabor bungalow. In need of extensive remodeling and repairs, Anne came to us with an open heart and enthusiasm. Her goal: to remodel this little gem into the mecca for all her family and grandchildren; to design a cozy, welcoming space and design the space to be her forever home.

Excited to take on a new challenge and make a new friend, we are thrilled with Anne and her home. After 2 long years of woking on the Manzanita remodel, we were ready to be back and focused in Portland. However, we were not ready to part with the people of that project. Having established a symbiotic relationship with Tod Phillips, the General Contractor who completed the Manzanita job, we were overjoyed when he informed us he was willing to continue working with us on a project in Portland. An initial meeting between Anne and Tod was arranged and they hit it off splendidly. The team was solidified. SBaird Design and Wood Specialty Construction would continue their partnership.

These photos are from SBaird Design’s first site consultation and subsequent meetings with Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction, where we documented the home and began to make as-builts for space planning.

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IMG_0695 Classic bungalow facade from the street. A modified exterior faces the backyard. This will be remodeled to create more space inside the home and to architecturally honor the home’s original aesthetic.

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Expanding the front porch will allow for a more welcoming entry.

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Two designers. Two clients. All in agreement.

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Features like built-ins and custom moulding will be restored throughout the home.

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Currently, the dining room acts as a main pathway for traffic. Widening and shifting of doorways will aid the flow of the home.

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Technology is our friend: using a Leica laser measuring tool synched with the bluetooth on our phone, we are able to build an approximate floorplan on site.

More images from a few weeks later:

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The General Contractor, Tod Philips (left) of Wood Specialty Construction, discusses the foundation work that needs to happen with the owner of M. Leon construction, Pascal (right). The two of them had a jam session talking out ideas.

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A trip to WestPac was a necessity to pick out doors, trim and windows. The rep, Jeff Pilger (left) had worked with Tod (right) on a project out at the coast almost 15 years ago.

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The meeting at WestPac was very successful. We were even able to source the trim profiles we had selected on site earlier in the day.

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Anne, our sweet and lovely client. She is so genuine and kind that we are compelled with love to make this project a success.

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Commercial : NE Prescott

This is a project that has been born of love and labor.

A commercial real estate transaction I managed for a client then transformed into a design consulting job. The space, a former grocers-turned-upholstery shop is getting a new use as a workshop for vintage poster restoration. Structural work, mechanical, as well as finishes and design all had to be thought out. The owner/client has a good aesthetic and knew the general direction in which he wanted the building to go. SBaird Design was hired to help refine ideas, give lighting advice and consulting on finishes and space planning.

The project is almost complete. Here are some images from our site visits with the client.

Visit in the beginning of June:

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care was taken to preserve the original terrazzo inlay. the number 1073 was the building’s historic address.

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when the ceiling was removed, care was taken to preserve the original roof structure. the decision was made to keep the wood exposed and have it sandblasted to remove old dirt and grime. the natural wood adds lots of warmth to the space.

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Images from end of July:

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move-in day.

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hand-made large format hex tiles add wabi-sabi charm

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Manzanita: Wrap party + final images

The final push almost killed us. One week prior to the client’s arrival, we drove to the coast and managed, cleaned and assisted on the job site everyday for 12+ hours. The entire crew and Tod Phillips were amazing. Of course, we did it. Sleep deprived and half lucid.

As a wonderful gesture of her thanks to everyone who worked on this project, Renee held a party for all of the coastal workers at the beach house.

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Very happy with the final outcome, we decided to enter several of the spaces from this home into a design competition hosted by one of our favorite design blogs, Remodelista. Finalists will be announced on July 16th. Here is the link to check out all of the entries. Below are the images we entered:

Bathroom:

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Home Office : the desk

In having lived in my tiny home for a couple of months now, I am starting to realize the importance of my home office desk. Does it function the way I need it to? Is taking up too much space? I find that when I need to spread-out with papers I always migrate to the dining room table. Currently, my home office is located in the heart of my ADU. That means my vintage Tanker desk is the center of my home. I love the Tanker desk but it is a … tank. A gorgeous, big tank.

 

After reading articles and research, I am considering parting ways with the beloved behemoth and making my home office more efficient and petite. The best examples I have come across are desks with storage, cubbies, designated spaces. They become something else. They hide the clutter. These are a new generation of desks, adapting to smaller living spaces and more laptop users. Here are a few I have come across. If you have any more you know of, send them my way. What do you use in your home?

 

This Mid-century vintage one just might be the start of something…

 

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Commercial + Residential: Office Seating + Simple shades

Several of our projects this past year have all had repeating themes.

In every one of our residential projects we have had to specify window coverings. In our commercial projects it has been a constant hunt for the ideal office chair.

Funnily enough, after dealing with these subjects for months and finding great solutions and product, Remodelista (one of our favorite design blogs) came out with two articles covering these topics with a lot of the same results we found.

It is invaluable information to have. Read over the findings and tuck away the information for when you come across these challenges.

 

http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-easy-pieces-classic-desk-chairs

Egoa Task Chair

 

Below is  great article about deciding to use roller shades in the home. I have had them in my home for years and have always loved the simplicity.

http://www.remodelista.com/posts/remodeling-101-roller-blinds

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Manzanita project update: May 2014

This past Tuesday, my assistant designer and I drove to Manzanita to spend the day on site, taking notes and meeting our site manager and craftsman, Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction. We are moving ahead at a freight-train pace and sometimes it can be hard to keep up. There is always a million things we need to review and never enough time in the day to address everything. We are all pushing this project along and are seeing the goal in sight. Luckily for us, the day was gorgeous and added a bit of lightheartedness to our day.

Here are some detail shots from our day.

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the patina on the copper gutters and downspouts are stunning

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ipe cover for the meter and emergency shut off

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inspecting the under cabinet lighting and plug molds

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interior of the newly constructed sauna. the cedar smells amazing.

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ipe cedar skylights copper

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hello beautiful

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new concrete pad poured for the stairs off of the deck

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looking good in the neighborhood

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custom rail around the sauna heater prevents any burns. rocks were cleaned and placed by the owner on her last visit.

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admiring the quiet and calm of the coast and view from the deck

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beautiful light in the guest room

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inspecting

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